BOLIVAR CO, MS (made in 1836 from Choctaw Cession)
lays next to north by Coahoma County, on the south by Washington County, on the east by Sunflower County, and on the west by the Mississippi River.
CK JEFFERSON CO, MS
A partial list of plantations in Bolivar County
ASIA - William Sillers
WOODLAWN - Joseph Sillers
1847 W. R. Taylor William Sillers 17 20 7 west
Susan Sellers William Jones 16 Feb 1880 Bolivar
Aleck Sillers Virdy Kennedy 3 Jun 1883 Bolivar
Hester Sillers Gilbert Jordan 12 Aug 1866 Bolivar
Jennie Sillers James L. Perkins 1 Aug 1878 Bolivar
Walter Sillers Ida Gayden 15 Apr 1880 Bolivar
Joseph Sillers Matilda B. Clark 24 Feb 1847 Jefferson
1840 = NO SELLERS
1850 = NO SELLERS/SILLERS, ETC BOLIVER , MS USGENWEB PAGE lists SELLERS, PAGE 193a
ck JEFFERSON CO, MS
Joseph Sellers Bolivar, MS 37 abt 1823 Mississippi Male 25,000 LAND, 40,000 PERSONAL
Matilda E Sellers Bolivar, MS 34 abt 1826 Ohio Female (ck1850Jefferson Co., MS,msh)
(Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935 about Joseph Sillers Name: Joseph Sillers Spouse: Matilda B. Clark Marriage Date: 24 Feb 1847 County: Jefferson same??,msh)
James C Sellers Bolivar, MS 12 abt 1848 Mississippi Male
Anna B Sellers Bolivar, MS 10 abt 1850 Mississippi Female
Walter Sellers Bolivar, MS 8 abt 1852 Mississippi Male
1860 BOLIVAR SLAVE SCHEDULE
James Sellers MS Bolivar County No Twp Listed 1860
William Sellers MS Bolivar County No Twp Listed 1860 , page 226
William Sillers MS Bolivar County No Twp Listed 1860
Confederate Soldiers Monument 1861-1865
American Civil War Soldiers about Joseph Sillers Name: Joseph Sillers , Side Served: Confederacy State Served: Mississippi Service Record: Enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant. Commission in Company A, 1st Cavalry Regiment Mississippi. Sources: 425
U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 about Joseph Sillers Name: Joseph Sillers Service Info.: PVT Death Date: 8 May 1865 Cemetery: Vicksburg National Military Park Cemetery Address: Box 349 Vicksburg, MS 39180 Buried At: Section I Site 7496
1866 BOLIVAR CO, MS CENSUS =
MRS M.B. SELLERS, PAGE 4
WILLIAM SILLERS, PAGE 5
Emmet Sellers Range 7, Bolivar, MS abt 1855 Mississippi White Male
Isabelle Sellers Range 7, Bolivar, MS abt 1844 Mississippi White Female
Jacie Sellers Range 7, Bolivar, MS abt 1858 Mississippi White Female
Jennie Sellers Range 7, Bolivar, MS abt 1856 Mississippi White Female
Robert Sellers Range 7, Bolivar, MS abt 1826 Mississippi White Male (where 1860) ck Jeff Co., MS?msh)
Matilda Sellen Range 8, Bolivar, MS abt 1827 Ohio White Female =(SELLERS on census) (wife of Joseph 1823)
Matilda Sellen Range 8, Bolivar, MS abt 1827 Ohio White Female (living together) 6,000 land, 1000 personal
James C Sellen Range 8, Bolivar, MS abt 1848 Mississippi White Male
Walter Sellen Range 8, Bolivar, MS abt 1852 Mississippi White Male
JAMES JOHNSON 18 OH, W
CHARLES FRAZIER 32 OH, W
ANN B. 10 MS, W
L. Sellers Home in 1880: Beat 5, Bolivar, Mississippi Age: 16 Estimated birth year: abt 1864 Birthplace: Mississippi Relation to head-of-household: Something other than a direct relationship (Other) Occupation: Laborer Marital Status: Single Race: Black Gender: Female Household Members: Name Age J. W. Davis 38 L. Sellers 16 M. Sellers 6 J. Sellers 4 S. Sellers 2 View Original Record Take a look at the picture to see even more, like: Cannot read/write, Blind, Deaf and dumb, Otherwise disabled, Idiotic or insane See more
L. Sellers Beat 5, Bolivar, MS abt 1864 Mississippi Something other than a direct relationship (Other)
M. Sellers Beat 5, Bolivar, MS abt 1874 Alabama Something other than a direct relationship (Other)
J. Sellers Beat 5, Bolivar, MS abt 1876 Mississippi Something other than a direct relationship (Other)
S. Sellers Beat 5, Bolivar, MS abt 1878 Mississippi Something other than a direct relationship (Other) =
J. W. Davis 38 OH, WHITE
L. Sellers 16F MS ,BLACK
M. Sellers 6M, MS, MULATTO
J. Sellers 4F, BLACK
S. Sellers 2F, BLACK
: Robt. Sillers Home in 1880: Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi Age: 54 Estimated birth year: abt 1826 Birthplace: Mississippi Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head) Father's birthplace: North Carolina Mother's birthplace: North Carolina Occupation: Planter Marital Status: Widower Race: White Gender: Male Household Members: Name Age Robt. Sillers 54
Robt. Sillers Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1826 Mississippi Self (Head)
M. B. Sillers Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1827 Ohio Self (Head)
J. C. Sillers M. B. Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1849 Mississippi Son
Walter Sillers M. B., Ida Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1852 Mississippi Son
Ida Sillers Walter Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1859 Mississippi Daughter-in-law
three houses down
Alx. Sillers Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1861 Mississippi Something other than a direct relationship (Other) Mulatto,single
Tom Carter 22 MS, BLACK, FARMER, dad born TN
James Johnson 39 KY, BLACK, WORKS ON FARM
Horace Reed 16 MS, BLACK, works farm
J. S. Vance 21 MS, BLACK,. works farm, dad TN, mom MS
Alx. Sillers 19 MS, MULATTO, works farm , parents birth not listed
Emmet Sillers Alice Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1855 Mississippi Self (Head)
Alice Sillers Emmet Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1855 Alabama Wife
Walter Sillers Matilda D, Florence W Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1852 Mississippi White Head
Florence W Sillers Walter Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1870 Mississippi White Wife =
Walter Sillers 48 Florence W Sillers 30 Walter Sillers 12 Mary Sillers 10 Florence Sillers 8 Evelyn Sillers 1
Matilda D Sillers 74OH, mother, Thomas S Owens 29 Charles C Farrar 61 Anna B Farrar 45 John H Farrar 27
Alexander Liller Bridie Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1865 Mississippi Black Head
Bridie Liller Alexander Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1870 Mississippi Black Wife
Joseph Liller Alexander, Bridie Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1886 Mississippi Black Son
Thomas Liller Alexander, Bridie Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1889 Mississippi Black Son
Ellis Liller Alexander, Bridie Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1888 Mississippi Black Son
Jessie Liller Alexander, Bridie Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1891 Mississippi Black Daughter
Fannie Liller Alexander, Bridie Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1893 Mississippi Black Daughter
Tempie Clay Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1810 Kentucky Black Grandmother, Grandma
Walter Sellers Age in 1910: 58 Estimated birth year: abt 1852 Birthplace: Mississippi Relation to Head of House: Head Father's Birth Place: Mississippi Mother's Birth Place: Ohio Spouse's name: Florance W Home in 1910: Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi Marital Status: Married Race: White Gender: Male Household Members: Name Age Walter Sellers 58 Florance W Sellers 40 Walter Sellers 22 Florance Sellers 18 Evalyn Sellers 12 Lillian Sellers 5 Alice Williams 45 John Gordan 33 Idella Gordan 25 Rachel Carr 16
Walter Sellers Florance W Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1852 Mississippi Head
Florance W Sellers Walter Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1870 Mississippi Wife
Walter Sellers Walter, Florance W Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1888 Mississippi Son
Florance Sellers Walter, Florance W Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1892 Mississippi Daughter
Evalyn Sellers Walter, Florance W Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1898 Mississippi Daughter
Lillian Sellers Walter, Florance W Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1905 Mississippi Daughter
Alex Sellers Jr Cora Police Jury Ward 4, Lafayette, LA abt 1866 Louisiana Head same???=
Alex Sellers Jr 44LA Cora Sellers 36LA, Obtat Sellers 14LA, Edith Sellers 13LA
Rossevelt Sillin Age in 1910: 13 Estimated birth year: abt 1897 Birthplace: Mississippi Relation to Head of House: Son Father's Birth Place: Mississippi Mother's name: Sarah Mother's Birth Place: Mississippi Home in 1910: Beat 3, Bolivar, Mississippi Marital Status: Single Race: Black Gender: Male Household Members: Name Age Sarah Long 58 Lucy Long 24 Simon Long 18 Isaac Long 11 Rossevelt Sillin 13
Rossevelt Sillin [Rosevelt Sillers] Sarah Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1897 Mississippi Son Thomas Lillin [Thomas Sillers] Mary E Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1884 Mississippi Head Mary E Lillin [Mary E Sillers] Thomas Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1890 Mississippi Wife Albert Lillin [Albert Sillers] Thomas Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1897 Mississippi Son Emanuel Lillin [Emanuel Sillers] Thomas Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1898 Mississippi Son
Joseph Sillers Nellie Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1886 Mississippi Head
Nellie Sillers Joseph Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1884 Mississippi Wife
Roberta Sillers Joseph, Nellie Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1897 Mississippi Daughter
Lula Sillers Joseph, Nellie Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1900 Mississippi Daughter
Alex Sillers Veredy Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1861 Mississippi Head
Veredy Sillers Alex Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1863 Mississippi Wife
Jessie Sillers Alex, Veredy Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1891 Mississippi Daughter
Fannie Sillers Alex, Veredy Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1892 Mississippi Daughter
Ellis Sillen [Ellis Sillers] Daisy Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1887 Mississippi Head
Daisy Sillen [Daisy Sillers] Ellis Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1885 Louisiana Wife
Jes Hies Sillen [Jes Hies Sillers] Beat 3, Bolivar, MS abt 1902 Louisiana Adopted Son
WW 1 =
Tom Sellers 7 Jan 1886 Black Not Stated, Bolivar, MS
Sellers, Walter 13 Apr 1888 W Rosedale MS
: Alec Sellers Home in 1920: Beat 4, Bolivar, Mississippi Estimated birth year: abt 1867 Birthplace: Mississippi Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Roberta Father's Birth Place: Mississippi Mother's Birth Place: Mississippi Marital Status: Married Race: Black Sex: Male Home owned: Rent Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Image: 928 Household Members: Name Age =
Alec Sellers 53 Roberta Sellers 40 Albert Sellers 14
Alec Sellers Roberta Beat 4, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1867 Mississippi Black Head
Roberta Sellers Alec Beat 4, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1880 Mississippi Black Wife, both parents MS
Albert Sellers Beat 4, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1906 Mississippi Black Grandson
Walter Sellers Virginia Beat 2, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1897 Mississippi Black Head
Virginia Sellers Walter Beat 2, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1898 Mississippi Black Wife
Walter Sillers Sr. Home in 1920: Rosedale City, Bolivar, Mississippi Estimated birth year: abt 1913 Birthplace: Mississippi Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's name: Florence Father's Birth Place: Mississippi Mother's Birth Place: Ohio Marital Status: Married Race: White Sex: Male Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Image: 3 Household Members: Name Age
Walter Sillers ??7 Florence Sillers 2 Walter Sillers Lena Sillers 8 Evelyn Sillers Lylian Sillers 5 Mary Warfield 6 View Original Record Take a look at the picture to see even more. See more
Walter Sillers Sr. Florence Rosedale City, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1913 Mississippi White Head
Florence Sillers Mary, Walter Rosedale City, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1918 Mississippi White Wife
Walter Sillers Jr. Walter, Florence Rosedale City, Bolivar, Mississippi Mississippi White Son
Lena Sillers Rosedale City, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1912 Mississippi White Daughter-in-law
Evelyn Sillers Walter, Florence Rosedale City, Bolivar, Mississippi Mississippi White Daughter
Lylian Sillers Walter, Florence Rosedale City, Bolivar, Mississippi abt 1915 Mississippi White Daughter
WW 11 Bolivar County Enlistees, World War II,
34614895 SELLERS JAMES C CP SHELBY MISSISSIPPI 6 1 43 Private Warrant Officers, USA MISSISSIPPI 23 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
34614995 SELLERS JAMES C CP SHELBY MISSISSIPPI 6 1 43 Private Warrant Officers, USA MISSISSIPPI 23 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
34612657 SELLERS MARSHALL F CP SHELBY MISSISSIPPI 28 12 42 Private Warrant Officers, USA MISSISSIPPI 13 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
34349363 SELLERS MARVIN R CP SHELBY MISSISSIPPI 21 8 42 Private Warrant Officers, USA MISSISSIPPI 20 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
34611115 SELLERS BOYD H CP SHELBY MISSISSIPPI 21 12 42 Private Warrant Officers, USA MISSISSIPPI 16 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
34480085 SELLERS JASPER C CP SHELBY MISSISSIPPI 15 11 42 Private Warrant Officers, USA MISSISSIPPI 21 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
34475959 SELLERS LOYD W CP SHELBY MISSISSIPPI 31 10 42 Private Warrant Officers, USA MISSISSIPPI 20 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
34612439 SELLERS THOMAS J CP SHELBY MISSISSIPPI 6 12 45 Private First Class Corps of Engineers MISSISSIPPI 22 Regular Army
34048840 SELLERS TOM J CP SHELBY MISSISSIPPI 14 5 41 Private Warrant Officers, USA MISSISSIPPI 18 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
34626327 SELLERS WILLIE CP SHELBY MISSISSIPPI 19 3 43 Private No branch assignment MISSISSIPPI 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men)
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---------------------------------- Sillers Lena Roberts Wife of Walter Sillers, Jr. Born September 24, 1891 Died October 16, 1983 She gave him her trust, loyalty and stalwart support throughout his long and active political career. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her. ----------------------------------
Sillers Florence Warfield September 25, 1869 April 5, 1958 Wife of Walter Sillers Devoted wife, mother, patriotic citizen. ----------------------------------
Jan. 28, 1824
May 6, 1865
Matilda B. Clark
June 25, 1826
Feb. 22, 1909
Sillers Walter, Jr. Beloved husband of Lena Roberts Sillers Born Friday April 13, 1888 Died September 24, 1966 Member of the house of representatives, State of Ms. 1916-1966, Speaker of the House 1944-1966. I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. St. paul II Timothy 4, 7 --------------------------------------
Florence Sillers Oct. 2, 1891 June 23, 1971 Patriotic citizen gifted writer And speaker of outstanding Wit and humor. She took life tiptoe To the very last.
Sillers Walter March 2, 1852 January 3, 1931 A statesman and a courageous Patriotic citizen with strong Convictions and high ideals. He Had the courage to stand and up- Hold them alone. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? He hath clean hands and a pure heart. Psalms 24, 3-4 --------------------------------------
Anna B. Sillers June 25, 1850 May 5, 1924
Evelyn Sillers Dec. 4, 1898 Oct. 30, 1990
Joseph Sillers Born Nov. 29, 1868 Died Aug. 15, 1894
Matildia Sillers Died July 17, 1928
http://www.rootsweb.com/~msboliva/HBCBook/LEVEES.htm = slaves building levees. msh
FLORENCE WARFIELD SILLERS
CONTRIBUTED BY THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA CHAPTER,
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
A history of the chapter would not be complete without a short sketch of the regent, Mrs. Walter Sillers, who has been the leading spirit in all its achievements.
The members of the chapter and the people of Bolivar County are indebted to her vision, her interest in history, and her literary discernment and talent, as well as her capacity for hard work, which produced this record of the happenings of the county. It is a contribution of many, the vision of one.
Florence Warfield Sillers is the daughter of Colonel Elisha and Mary Carson Warfield.
Her father, Elisha Warfield, was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He was colonel of the Second Arkansas Regiment and served the Confederacy during the four years of the war of 1861-65. His great grandfather Elisha Warfield served in the state of Maryland in the war of the Revolution from 1776 to its close. His great great-great grandfather Richard Warfield immigrated to Maryland from England in 1669, and gave colonial service to the new country. Her mother Mary Anderson Carson was born in Natchez and was of colonial and Revolutionary stock of Virginia. Therefore the ancestry of Florence Warfield Sillers is American for eight generations.
In each generation the family was large. Florence was one of eleven children, eight of whom grew to maturity. Her childhood was spent on plantations in Louisiana and Mississippi, with memorable visits to her grandparents at Natchez.
There were no schools available in the country in those days but Mary Carson Warfield was a resourceful woman of unusual education and scholarly attainments, and she determined that her children should have a sound education. Every morning promptly at nine she opened her little school and taught her children in their plantation home. Nothing was allowed to interfere with that school routine; it was as regular: as any public school of today and very thorough. Florence had no other teacher than her mother except] for a short time when she attended a girls' school in Natchez. At the close of the Civil War Colonel Warfield and his young wife settled in Bolivar County where he operated a part of the Rosedale plantation. Their home was on the site, which adjoins the present Sillers property in 1me town of Rosedale. He later moved to Louisiana. When Florence was fifteen years old he returned to Bolivar County and operated Fallback Plantation, near Benoit.
At the age of seventeen Florence married Walter Sillers, lawyer and planter of Rosedale. Theirs was a long and happy marriage. Shortly after their marriage they built the present home in Rosedale, where Mrs. Sillers has lived ever since and where she has been an important part of the civic, social and spiritual growth of her town and county for more than a half century.
Six children were born to Florence and Walter Sillers, five of whom are living. Walter married Lena Cable Roberts and lives in Rosedale; Mary Warfield married Nathaniel Chapman Skinner and lives in Greenville; Florence Carson married Harry Cline Ogden and lives in Rosedale; Anna Farrar died in infancy; Evelyn married John L. Pearson and lives in Rosedale; Lilian Burrill married Vernon W. Holleman and lives in Washington, D. C.
There are four grandchildren and one great grandson: Evelyn Sillers Pearson who married Dr. William E. Weems; John L. Pearson who lives in Rosedale; Florence Sillers Holleman and Vernon W. Holleman, Jr. of Washington; and William E. Weems, Jr., great-grandson.
Walter Sillers, devoted husband and delightful companion, died in January 1931. Since that time Mrs. Sillers has continued to preside over her home which has been a gathering place for family and friends for more than fifty years. At the present time, she is actively engaged and interested in the pursuits which have occupied so much of her time and energies through the years. She is an active member of the state and local societies of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames, and other patriotic organizations, as well as the Farm Bureau Federation, the Delta Council, the Red Cross, the Rosedale Country Club. She is a member of the Methodist Church and for twenty years was treasurer of the King's Daughters' Hospital of Rosedale.
Walter Sillers, Jr., born in Rosedale, MS in 1888, was elected to the Legislature in 1915 and enjoyed a 50 year tenure in the House of Representatives. For the last 22 years of his service, he held the position of Speaker of the House, the longest speakership in Mississippi history. Bolivar County returned him to the House without opposition after 1936. Circa 1900. Courtesy of the Walter Sillers, Jr. papers at the Delta State University Archives.
THE WALTER SILLERS HOME
REMINISCENCES OF A MISSISSIPPIAN IN PEACE AND WAR: Electronic Edition. Frank Alexander Montgomery, b. 1830
The first lieutenant of the "featherbeds" was my brother-in-law (we had married sisters), and nearest friend, Joseph Sillers. This gentleman, at the breaking out of the Mexican war, was living near Vicksburg, and joined a company from that place which was in Mr. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 117 Davis's regiment in Mexico, and was in the battles of Monterey and Buena Vista. He was to me a brother, and, when I went into the army, to him I entrusted my family and all my affairs. Two or three months before the close of the war, he was taken prisoner at my house, where he had stopped to take dinner, and carried first to Cairo, but soon taken to Vicksburg, where he was taken sick and died. Just as I got home from the war, news of his death came to the county, and his wife sent to Vicksburg at once, but his grave could not be located, This company of home guards did a great deal of good, for they overawed the lawless element in the county, and there were, the last two years of the war, many who now and then passed through it. They cost me, however, a great loss, for it happened I had an abundance of forage on my place on the river, and they made it a frequent stopping place. One day, a transport with a regiment of soldiers on it landed at my landing, and a skirmish ensued, which enraged the federals, and they burned every house on the place, except one shanty in which an old negro, and his wife were living. Perhaps, they might not have done this, but according to the old negro's account, they had a man killed in the skirmish, while the "featherbeds" got away without harm.
In the courthouse at Rosedale there is an old deed in the original entry book given to Joseph McGuire in 1830 and ratified in 1831, the year following, Dancing Rabbit Treaty. This deed was to the land upon which the county seat of Bolivar County was to be established.
Among the earliest wills recorded is that of Jonathan C. Lobdell, May 31, 1854.
In the 1860's the names of Joseph Sillers, Thomas Shelby, J. V. Lobdell, M. E. Goza, William Pickett, J. C. Kirk, and William Coleman appear in the records as presenters of petitions, as administrators, and as appraisers.
The earliest appraisement found is the following:
Warrant to appraisers.
To Joseph Sillers, T. B. Lenoir, E. Bellamy, and Eugene Montgomery, Greeting:
This is to authorize you jointly to appraise goods, chattels and personal estate of William Coleman, late of Bolivar County, deceased, as far as the same shall come to your knowledge, and suggest each of you having first taken the oath of affirmation hereto annexed, a certificate whereof you are to return annexed to an inventory of said goods and chattels and personal estate by you appraised in dollars and cents, and in the same inventory you are to set down in a column or columns opposite to each article the value thereof; having first set apart to Mrs. Edna Coleman, the widow of said deceased, all of the personal estate of said husband to which she is entitled by law, and the year's provision for herself and children, to which you may deem her entitled; to be allotted upon and both reduced in writing and returned to this court, with the appraisement.
Witness, Charles T. Miles, Esquire, Judge of the Probate Court of Bolivar County, this the 10th day of June, in the year of our Lord, 1861.
W. H. Wright, Clerk.
Then the oath of appraisers, inventory, and appraisement. An example:
6 yoke of oxen - valuation $240.00
1 carriage 25.00
List of Negroes follows.
An example: Alex, Negro man $1,000.00
The total appraisement amounted to
Stories of the old lawsuit have come down by word of mouth through the family. General Clark’s daughter, Mr. Annie
Clark Jacobs, mentions the case in her memoirs entitled, The Master of Doro. Descendants now living in the county remember
the oft-told story, repeated to them by grandmothers and great-aunts. It is a saga of the Clark family.
Though a part of the original property has long since gone into the river, the remaining part of Doro, after more than a
hundred years is still in the hands of members of the Clark family. A part of it is owned by Guy Lenoir, a great-grandson of
General Clark and a part by Walter Sillers, grandnephew. The name Doro is about to fade into forgetfulness. The Lenoir
property is called the Jacobs Place and the Montgomery Place, for the family names of General Clark’s daughters who
inherited a part of the property and whose heirs sold to H. C. Lenoir. The portion owned by Walter Sillers and his mother is
called the Clark Place and was purchased by Walters Sillers, Sr., from Mrs. Fred Clark, widow of General Clark’s only son.
John V. Newman became a large landholder and planter in the county. He built his home and lived on Catfish Point on
the river below old Bolivar. At his death his only child, Margaret, inherited his property. “Miss Maggie” she was called,
for she was unmarried and well known to the people of forty years ago in the county. When her father died, he believed
she should never have a day of want, for he left her well provided for. It was well for his repose of mind that he could
not look into the future.
Many years after his death, when Miss Maggie was old and gray-haired, the river took one of its unpredictable turns and
Catfish Point was thrown outside the levee. As the new levee did not touch on any of the Newman property, the Levee
Board was not liable under the law for payment of the land. Everything Miss Maggie owned was swept away. She faced
a destitute old age. She filed suit for damages and finally recovered the sum of $2,000.
During the last years of her life, she spent much time in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John V. Lobdell of Rosedale, as a guest,
and some time in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sillers, Sr. Later, she rented a room in Rosedale and made her home
there. She died at Manitou, Colorado, in 1910, while spending the summer there.
Emma James Smith (Warren) by Emma Warren What is your whole name? Emma James Smith Warren Where were you born? Cellars (Sillers) Plantation How many children do you have? Nine What were your parents’ names? Mary Thomas and Willie Zimmerman
What year was you born? 1924
Several of the “temporary” homes that the war made permanent homes remain, though not in the original state. Of course, many colonial and other style handsome homes of recent date are now scattered over the county.
In Bolivar County the antebellum home, the steamboat landing, travel and trade, the forest trail, and the old plantation life of freedom have all passed away and are remembered only by a few. So, we try to preserve their memory in this record of the early days of Bolivar County.
A small house was built on his “Asia” plantation on Egypt Ridge by Mr. William Sillers early in the 50’s but he did not move his family there from Port Gibson. Mr. A. V. Pearcefield built a home on what was then the property of Mr. Aaron Noble, about 1854, in which he lived until his death in the 90’s on Egypt Ridge.
Catfish Point was settled before the war by John V. Newman and his brother. When the Yankees were shelling the banks of the Mississippi River from gunboats, they fired one day at Mr. Newman’s house, one of the shells entering the front door, leaving a big round hole which could be seen in the old home for years afterward. The home of General Peter B. Starke on Lake Bolivar was burned, as was also that of Colonel Myers. A comfortable home was built by Mr. W. R. Campbell on what is still known as the Campbell place on the road to the Arkansas City ferry. The old house is still standing.
Bolivar County was just beginning to be settled by the planter class when the war came. The planters with their families and slaves had come and were clearing the forests while occupying small temporary homes…usually log cabins. Later a few large homes were built, but it was not until after the war cloud had rolled away that most of the larger plantation homes were built. Had the war been ten years later, Bolivar County could boast of many beautiful old homes, but it was not until after the reconstruction period that the county really began to build rapidly. Many of the temporary homes even were destroyed by fire or with the changing course of the river.
A temporary but comfortable home was built before the way by Joseph Sillers on his Woodlawn plantation, situated just back of the Glenwood plantation that he sold to Mr. George L. Gayden. Here the family lived until they moved to Rosedale in 1884 since which time it has burned.
I suppose that it would be proper here to mention the names of those whom I knew as residents of our county between the years 1852 and 1857. Beginning with the name of Judge McGuire and going down the river were Colonel Moore, Mr. Angchram, Colonel Frank Montgomery, Dr. Neblett, Judge Cook, James Brown, Colonel Vick, Tom Manley, Christopher Field, Dr. Ross, Messrs. Perkins, Chatars, Thompson, Singer, Newman, Hines, Miller, Kirk, Easton, Christmas, Lyons and Jeff Wilkinson; on Lake Bolivar were General Peter B. Starke, Rhodes Estill, and my uncle Archibald McGehee; on Egypt Ridge were Hiram and Harmon Eyrick, Judge J. C. Burrus, Aaron Noble, A. V. Pearcefield, Llewellyn and Jonathan Lobdell, William Sillers, and Colonel Lucas Barritt, father of the girl I married. Later I knew the names of the Coffees, Clarks, Sillerses, Gaydens, Shelbys, Joneses, Hannahs, Purnells, Ramseys, Hughses, Peakeses, Irwins, Eblings, Torreys, Blanchards, Arnolds, Wrights, and others.
Susan Sillers Darden Diary
The residence of John P. D and wife, called Coz. John and Coz. Margaret (F. Fleming) by the writer of the diary, was built by Susan Sillers Darden’s father, Walter Sillers. Family graveyard near.
this may be JEFFERSON CO, MS, msh
Jan. 16: Mrs. Darden came up, I am still sick. Cate came up in the evening. I got worse, sent for Dr. Fox. My babe was born before he got here. It was born about 4 o’clock. Mrs. Darden & Cate stayed all night, Martha & Laura (Darden) went to Frank’s Tuesday morning, to Bell Clark’s & Robert Sillers’ wedding, The wedding is to be tonight.
Jan. 22: Joseph & Matilda Sillers, Anne Stuart came, stayed all night; went away Monday morning. Joseph & Matilda came to tell me goodbye. They are moving to Bolivar County Tuesday.
Apr. 4: Martha came back from Natchez; Anne Stuart & Julia came back with her. Robert Sillers and Belle came down Thursday; left Friday morning. George Darden came Friday Apr. 7, left his family at Mr. Montgomery’s. Mr. Darden & George went to Jackson’s after dinner.
May 26: We sent to Robert Sillers to get watermelon seed Saturday.
June 11: Mr. Darden, Laura & Irene gone to church at Ebenezer; dined at Mr. Montgomery’s. The meeting has closed in Fayette. Mrs. Harper & Belle Sillers joined.
June l 8: We went to church in Fayette today. Dr Capers preached; large congregation. Robert Sillers joined the church today, They formed a bible Society. Made Rev. Mr. Forsythe, Dr Caper’s, Mrs. Ann T. Harper, Miss Martha West & Minor Dixon life members.
July 27: Got a letter from Matilda Sillers; they were all well & corn doing well. Blount came down this eve. to go to Natchez after Julia.
Aug 3: I went to see Anne Stuart today with all my family. Mary Bondurant, Belle & Robert Sillers, Mr. Dixon and William Collier spent the day there.
Aug 21: Went to Campmeeting. We had good many to dine with us; George & Martha Darden, Robert & Belle Sillers & Ma came home with us tonight
Aug 23: Went to Campmeeting; had dinner on the ground. Sister Maria carried dinner every day but Monday and we put it on the same table under a shed made by Mr. Montgomery & Mr. Darden. Anne Stuart carried dinner 3 days. Angela Adams, Miss 0. Donohue & brother, Robert & Belle Sillers, Jim Wilcox, Milton Kinnison & Ma stayed all night.
Sept 7: Buckner, Martha & Olivia got home this morning at 11 oc. They have been gone a week today; they visited George Darden, Mr. Calhoun, Dr. Richardson, Uncle Chambliss, Coz. John Chambliss and stayed all night at Robert Sillers. Cate Darden went by on her way to Campmeeting near her Aunts in Claiborne County; it is near Rocky Springs.
Oct 5: Martha, Olivia & myself with k Stuart, Belle Sillers, Anne a2dwin, Mrs. Harper, Mrs. Briscoe, Mrs. Mabelle Chamberlain (nee Maybelle Duncan, m. (1) Thomas Jefferson Chamberlain m. (2) Dr. Walter Wade) (1809-1855), Mrs. Lee & Miss Armstrong spent the day with Mary Miles. She will move to Bolivar County as soon a frost.
Nov. 3: Robert & Belle Sillers came down this morning.
Dec. 1: Anne Stuart, Matilda Sillers & her children, & Belle Sillers came today. Matilda came to Frank Montgomery’s Tuesday night. Joseph & Robert came in the eve.
Dec. 8: Joseph Sillers & Walter Devane were to leave Rodney for Bolivar County. Walter is going to attend to William Sillers business next year; gets $700.00.
June 17: Joseph Sillers has lost one of his best women with cholera. Joseph so unfortunate with servants since he went to Bolivar. Blount will take Julia back to school in Natchez on Tuesday.
Jan 30: Ben got back from the party at 1 oc., went a far as Mr Boll’s with the girls. Pros Montgomery drove Olivia that far. Blount went on to Rodney to go to Jackson to get his money from Mr. Clark for the debt Sam Sillers owes him. They have given Mr Smylie a call to preach in Fayette.
May 23: Received a letter from Matilda Sillers; they were well. Had storm very bad, blew a great many trees down on Joseph’s place. Blow Sam Lee’s gallery down; tree fell on the house & broke a large hole in the roof.
Nov. 15: Joseph Sillers sold part of his place in Bolivar; got $30 an acre, $10,000 down; the balance in one & two years at 8% interest.
Jan. 27: Mr. Darden went to Mr. Montgomery’s with Annette. Sister Maria was in bed broken out with something like mad—itch. Bob McGinty came to summons Mr. Darden as a Commissioner to sett apart the widow’s dower at Henry Middleton’s. Madison Darden came for Annette while we were at dinner. Robert Sillers came at half after 1 oclock. Robert met the hearse coming home with Mary Whitney’s corpse. She will be buried at 3 oclock. Mr. Darden went to Fayette; he saw a good many come from the burial. Martha got a letter from Aunt Mary Scott; she had been to Agnes Scott’s wedding. She married Dick Donoho. Matilda Sillers is in Natchez. Joseph went on to New Orleans.
Leonly Briscoe went to Adaline Gibson’s with Blount; Claudy Gibson came with them to spend the summer. Joseph Sillers bought a woman & 2 large children when he was in New Orleans.
Feb. 20: Oscar McGinty called to summon Mr. Darden as a commissioner to set apart the widow’s dower at Henry Middleton’s next Thursday. Mr. Darden, Olivia & Brother Buckner got back from Natchez at 8 oc. Olivia had 4 teeth pulled & 4 plugged, She went to see her Aunt Matilda Sillers. She is with her sister, Mrs. Baldwin. She has all the children with her. They saw Williams Sillers of Port Gibson. He said him & Caroline were going to New Orleans the last of the month. If Olivia would go he would send down for her.